To have wholeness in our health we must be healthy in our body, mind and spirit. All three are interdependent, and too much time has been wasted and too many lives have been lost in the Church, in particular, trying to figure out the importance of the physical in regards to the spiritual or by simply ignoring the two significances. Christians should be the world’s healthiest people.
Romans 12:1 (NIV)"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual (or reasonable) act of worship.
3 John 1:2 (NIV) "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."
God’s love is manifested in sacrifice. John 3:16 says God gave His Son to us because of His love for us. A sacrificial spirit is the evidence of agape love. What then, are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of our health? Second servings? Cigarettes? Sugary beverages? An unwillingness to sacrifice is a sure indication of a need to reconnect with God, whose very nature is that of sacrifice.
Good health requires discipline, another attribute of God. As His followers, we are called to lead lives of discipline, moderation and sobriety. Discipline is the driving force behind regular exercise. Discipline guards us from creating a list of excuses as to why we can’t take the stairs instead of the elevator, or walk instead of drive. We know a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and even depression. Physical activity is beneficial for every part of our being—body, mind and spirit. Reconnecting with God will give us the discipline we need to stay physically fit.
Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. But when we consider self-control, it’s important that we don’t limit our thinking to the matter of resisting temptation and controlling the appetite. True self-control means we govern our entire being, including our emotions. Medical research confirms what the Bible has said all along—toxic emotions can destroy our health. Anger, bitterness, envy, pessimism and ingratitude are toxic. They increase our risk for physical disease, and they give strong evidence of being disconnected from God. The Holy Spirit’s nature is self-control, and that control extends even to our emotions. The Apostle John said, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2). God’s desire is that we enjoy total health and wellness. Reconnect to Him and rejoice in the benefits.
Today's Healthy Me 30-Wellness Activity:Stretch for 10 minutes prior to your cardio workout today. During this time, reflect on short & long term LIFE goals: work, relationship, health, family, financial and spiritual goals. After your workout, WRITE THEM DOWN to provide a written reference to remind and guide you to remaining focus to achieving success.